Monday, August 22, 2011


[TW: Reference to child sexual abuse]

Not sure what it had to do with marriage, but the National Organization for [Heterosexual] Marriage (NOM) recently posted a blog entitled "Can You Normalize Pedophilia?"

In answer to its question, NOM didn't include much of its own commentary, just noted:

"Some mental health professionals are, apparently, going to try, according to The Daily Caller (yes, we know many --probably most-- in the gay community would be as outraged as anyone else by the idea):"

The post went on to include a blockquote of another source referencing an upcoming conference, part of which will apparently examine “ways in which minor-attracted persons [pedophiles] can be involved in the DSM 5 revision process."

Sure, NOM included the parenthetical conceding that "many- probably most [lulz, thanks]- in the gay community" would oppose the normalization of pedophilia. Yet, it's also true that a big anti-gay talking point is that Homosexuality Was Only Removed From the DSM Because Of Homofascist Politically Correct Pressure, which is closely tied to the other anti-gay talking point that homosexualty is a mental illness on par with pedophilia.

(Sometimes, you see, homosexuality is a severe mental illness. Other times, it's just a "choice" that can easily be changed. Ho-hum details shmetails).

In light of the context, it kind of makes one wonder how many "marriage defenders," professional and amateur ones included, would support re-defining homosexuality as a mental disorder. You know, slippery slopes and all. Was that the real point of NOM's post, to imply the question without having the courage to actually ask it explicitly? (You know, fear of being called bigots and all).

In fact, I'd love to see NOM run a poll of their supporters on that very question. Because then, well, we'd see how many "marriage defenders" support bans on same-sex marriage "merely" because they just really support one-man, one-woman marriage, or because of the far more un-friendly reason that they think there's something inherently unhealthy about being a lesbian, gay, or bisexual person.

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